Land Banks and Land Banking, 2nd Edition The Authoritative Resource on Modern Land Banking
Author(s): Center for Community Progress
A land bank is a public entity with unique governmental powers, created pursuant to state-enabling legislation, that is solely focused on converting problem properties into productive use according to local community goals.
Land banks across the country have been a vehicle for supporting broader community development by maintaining vacant structures that can be restored and demolishing those that cannot, assembling property for future reuse, turning tax-foreclosed properties into quality housing for all income levels, facilitating commercial and industrial property reuse, and working with the community to transform vacant land into parks, gardens, and other community spaces.
While the special powers granted to land banks differ from state to state, ideally land banks have the authority to:
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